Earthquake strikes japan, no damages reported
Published: Monday, October 28, 2013
Updated: Monday, October 28, 2013 22:10
An earthquake was recorded off the east coast of Japan last week, resulting in a minor tsunami. No deaths have been reported from the incident.
The quake, a magnitude 7.3 shock, occurred around 2 a.m. local time Saturday about 200 miles off the country’s coast. As a result, a tsunami warning was given for parts of Japan, and employees at the Fukushima nuclear power plant were evacuated. The waves resulting from the earthquake reached a height of about one foot, and the tsunami alert was lifted after approximately two hours. No damage was reported at the power plant.
A 2011 earthquake measured at magnitude 9.0 resulted in more than 15,000 deaths and major damage to Japan’s infrastructure. The earthquake triggered a tsunami with waves in excess of 30 feet and caused the Fukushima power plant to suffer a meltdown, leading to the second-worst nuclear accident of all time.
Located near tectonic plate boundaries, Japan has been hit by a number of earthquakes over the years. By all accounts, this quake is minor compared to the 2011 one, which wrought swathes of destruction.